Spay and Neuter

Spaying and neutering are common procedures recommended by veterinarians for pets, which help improve their overall health and well-being. These surgeries involve the removal of reproductive organs in animals, preventing them from reproducing. While the primary goal is to prevent unwanted litters, the benefits extend far beyond population control. Before visiting Westwood Veterinary Hospital in Norman, OK, learn more about these procedures below:

Spay and Neuter

Health Benefits for Pets

One of the primary reasons to spay or neuter your pet is the health benefits it provides. For female pets, spaying eliminates the risk of uterine infections and reduces the risk of mammary gland tumors, especially if performed before the first heat cycle. Neutering male pets decreases the likelihood of testicular cancer and reduces the risk of prostate problems. Overall, these procedures contribute to a longer and healthier life for pets.

Behavioral Improvements

Spaying and neutering can also lead to positive behavioral changes in pets. Neutered male dogs are less likely to roam in search of a mate, which lowers the risk of getting lost or injured. Additionally, neutering can decrease aggression and territorial marking behavior. Spayed females experience reduced aggression during heat cycles and are spared the stress of hormonal fluctuations associated with breeding cycles.

Population Control

One of the most significant benefits of spaying and neutering is its contribution to controlling the pet population. Every year, millions of animals end up in shelters, many of which are euthanized due to overcrowding. By preventing unplanned litters, spaying and neutering help reduce the number of homeless animals and alleviate the burden on shelters and rescue organizations.

When to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

The optimal time for spaying and neutering varies depending on the species, breed, and individual pet. It’s typically recommended to have pets spayed or neutered between 6 to 8 months of age, but the procedure can be performed at any age. It's crucial to discuss the timing of these surgeries with our veterinarian to ensure the best outcome for your furry companion.

Contact Us for an Appointment Today

To learn more about spaying or neutering or to schedule an appointment, contact Westwood Veterinary Hospital in Norman, OK, at (405) 364-1100 today. We are happy to provide you with additional information and set you up with an appointment. When you need a veterinarian near me, our team looks forward to assisting you!

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111 N Mercedes Dr,
Norman, OK 73069

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